October 12, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn...

by Chris Randall
 



Jeffrey Lee rightly pointed out that I haven't done a HCGP post in a while, and in all modesty submitted his humble studio for consideration. Not so humble, as it turns out. Located in Toronto (my second-favorite city in North America), Jeffrey's studio has everything a growing boy needs. A little shy in the pro audio department for my tastes, but to say he has a fairly comprehensive synth collection would be to understate the matter somewhat. One of the bigger Modcan B systems around, for sure (I think it's bigger than Analogue Haven's display system, truth be told), and the current Holy Of Holies, the MacBeth M5, along with many of the other usual suspects.


He gets extra credit from me for not having a Behringer or Mackie mixer; personally, I think the collection warrants a much higher quality console, mic pres, comps, etc., but you already knew I was going to say that, so I won't pine. Note that the picture above is the left-hand photo in a four-image panorama; you can find the rest, as well as a brief explanation of the studio, in this post on Jeffrey's EM411 blog.

 
 
 

8 comments:

 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 11:47 AM
myrnaloy
This is very nice. I am going to try and exploit this thread a bit. You mention the MacBeth M5... Shawn at AH has told me it has been discontinued and i am right on the verge of sending AH money to snag one of the last couple units. I am up in Canada and have never had hands on one, anybody able to comment on this puppy?
 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 12:57 PM
noisegeek
Holiest of holies is right. If I won the lotto today, I'd be ordering one tomorrow. As far as the studio goes, it looks pretty nice for it's size/location. Not overly cluttered or hard to work in.
 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 1:30 PM
boobs
hopefully this studio doesn't flood like the last one!

nothing like wading around your basement rescuing vintage synths and heavy modulars!

 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 3:03 PM
RexRhino
Would a strickly electronic music project really need a lot of pro-audio recording gear? A new synth is probably a lot more fun than a new mixer!

Wasn't the old Underground Resistance stuff recorded on 4-track cassette? It still sounds pretty good. Them was the days! Just buy a cheap Berenger, and spend the rest on cool synthesizers Mr. minisystem in Toronto! Many of us won't know the difference between the noise and coloration caused by a cheap mixer, and that caused by expensive analog gear anyway. :)

 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 3:20 PM
Chris Randall
Do we need to go through this again?

In the year 2006, all music is strictly electronic, for all intents and purposes. Bad EQ and bad mic pres are the same, no matter what form of music you're making.

-CR

 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 3:37 PM
shamann
I have seen photos of minisystem's gear that he's posted on em411 before. That modcan system always gets me. By my rough estimation, there 14 synths there (at least I those rack things in the corner are also synths and not counting drum machines). To be honest, I'm not sure I'd know what to do with them all, but I'm not much of a synth guy, really.

One thing about Toronto, there are a couple of good places to get used synths, like Paul's Boutique and Songbird, but it is really hard to track down boutique recording gear. Most of the time you would have to get it shipped, often from the US, which may kill you on the customs fees. I'd hate to think what he had to pay to ship that M5.

Next HCGP, I want to see a non-pro studio with an enviable collection of recording gear.

 
 

 
Oct.12.2006 @ 3:39 PM
boobs
i tend to agree w/CR. we all know you can make great music w/whatever is at hand but investing in some decent outboard or a decent mixer is always a good thing imho.

i used to track things at home and take them to a studio i worked at just to run it all thru neve/manley/massenburg etc.. it was nice having keys to the studio.

everything always sounded way better and sometimes i was just bringing in a dat or CD and running finished stereo mixes thru things.

i will say that minisystem's music is always well crafted and sounds pretty nice and punchy.. translates well on every system i've listened on.

synth gearlust is a very powerful thing.

 
 

 
Oct.13.2006 @ 10:53 AM
D' MacKinnon
"the room itself is in the basement. the ceiling is only about 6' 5" and it's right beside the furnace room, which isn't great."

Sounds like my setup, right by the furnace. Except this one is much nicer. I don't like the KRK V8 monitors though, I test-drove some for a friend's studio and thought they weren't that great.

I'm extremely jealous of the synth collection here. :)

 
 

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